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"Pools? Planes? Camps? What public health experts will — and won’t — do this summer."

The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Richard Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about what summertime activities are safe. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Summer during a pandemic brings new questions about what is safe and how to best protect ourselves.

Is it okay to go to a public pool? Travel by plane? Stay in a hotel? Send a kid to camp?

On the upside, public health experts say, we can do more outdoors, where ventilation is better and sunlight and humidity might help destroy the virus. Working against us: Many of us cooped up for much of the spring are craving connection. Meanwhile, staying away from others in traditional summer scenarios — at cookouts, on beaches, during family reunions — can be difficult. And many summer activities children typically take part in — sports leagues, day camps and sleep-away camps — pose their own challenges.